* RIM stopped giving regular updates on subscribers in Nov
* Service revenue helps RIM's margins
TORONTO, July 7 BlackBerry maker Research In
Motion RIM.TO said on Thursday it has added more than one
million subscribers in Europe, the Middle East and Africa in
less than three weeks.
The announcement, posted on Twitter, was a rare update on
what had been a key operational metric until RIM stopped
regularly disclosing the figure late last year.
RIM has struggled to compete with Apple's (AAPL.O) iPhone
and a slew of devices using Google's (GOOG.O) Android operating
system, most acutely in the United States, where its market
share has been slipping for many months.
RIM charges mobile network operators a monthly fee per
BlackBerry user for access to its own infrastructure, which
compresses and encrypts data before pushing it out to devices.
The service revenue enables RIM to boast the second highest
margins in the industry behind Apple.
RIM added more than 5 million new subscribers globally in
the three months to late November, for a total of more than 55
Its Nasdaq-listed shares were 3 percent higher at $28.56 by
early afternoon. They have lost half their value since the
start of the year.
(Reporting by Alastair Sharp; Editing by Jeffrey Hodgson)
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